London Bridge attack follows ‘dumbing down’ of freed terrorist scheme – expert

Strategy to manage extremist convicts has been stripped of vital human touch, says probation unit founder

The architect of the government programme for moving convicted terrorists from prison into the community believes the current system lacks the “legitimacy and credibility” required to rehabilitate extremists safely.

Simon Cornwall, who set up the probation service’s central extremism unit, said that as a result of “a dumbing down of how things are done”, the current approach was missing the safeguarding and human relationships required to modify behaviour and reduce risk.

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Father of London Bridge attack victim calls Johnson a fraud

David Merritt says prime minister made political capital out of his son Jack’s death

The father of a man killed in the London Bridge attack has accused Boris Johnson of lying and making “political capital” from his son’s death during the BBC leaders’ debate.

David Merritt – whose son Jack was stabbed to death by convicted terrorist Usman Khan – called the prime minster a fraud following his appearance on Friday night’s TV debate, six days before polling day.

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Revealed: how the Caribbean became a haven for Jews fleeing Nazi tyranny

Thousands of refugees rebuilt their lives on Trinidad and other islands. Their little-known story is now told in a new book

All cemeteries have stories to tell, and the one on Mucurapo Road in Port of Spain, Trinidad, is no exception. Among the names carved on headstones are Irene and Oscar Huth, Erna Marx, Karl Falkenstein, Willi Schwarz and Otto Gumprich. Hebrew inscriptions are adorned with a Star of David.

Five years ago, Hans Stecher joined his mother, father and aunt in the Jewish section of Mucurapo cemetery. Aged 90 when he died, he was the last of about 600 Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe who ended up in Trinidad as they sought sanctuary from persecution and violence.

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Worst drought in a century shrinks Victoria Falls to a trickle – video

Victoria Falls, on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, has slowed down to a trickle after an unprecedented decline in water levels, officials have said. Data from the Zambezi River authority showed water flow at its lowest since 1995, and well under the long-term average. 

The Zambian president, Edgar Lungu, said it was a stark reminder of what climate change is doing to our environment, yet some scientists are cautious about categorically blaming the climate crisis. Harald Kling, a hydrologist at engineering firm Pöyry and a Zambezi River expert, said climate science dealt in decades, not particular years, “so it’s sometimes difficult to say 'this is because of climate change' because droughts have always occurred”.

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Worst drought in a century shrinks Victoria Falls to a trickle – video

Victoria Falls, on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, has slowed down to a trickle after an unprecedented decline in water levels, officials have said. Data from the Zambezi River authority showed water flow at its lowest since 1995, and well under the long-term average. 

The Zambian president, Edgar Lungu, said it was a stark reminder of what climate change is doing to our environment, yet some scientists are cautious about categorically blaming the climate crisis. Harald Kling, a hydrologist at engineering firm Pöyry and a Zambezi River expert, said climate science dealt in decades, not particular years, “so it’s sometimes difficult to say 'this is because of climate change' because droughts have always occurred”.

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Donald Trump may get his Space Force – in deal for federal paid parental leave

  • Military and civilian workers could get 12 weeks of paid leave
  • Ivanka Trump hails ‘HUGE’ step but deal not yet done

Federal workers in the US seem set to be given 12 weeks of paid parental leave – in return for Donald Trump being given his cherished Space Force.

Related: White House dismisses invitation to take part in key impeachment hearing

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Donald Trump may get his Space Force – in deal for federal paid parental leave

  • Military and civilian workers could get 12 weeks of paid leave
  • Ivanka Trump hails ‘HUGE’ step but deal not yet done

Federal workers in the US seem set to be given 12 weeks of paid parental leave – in return for Donald Trump being given his cherished Space Force.

Related: White House dismisses invitation to take part in key impeachment hearing

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Two killed and three seriously injured in West Midlands car crash

Accident happened on Black Country New Road in Wednesbury on Friday night

Two men were killed and three people seriously injured when two cars crashed in the West Midlands.

Police have launched an investigation into the collision, which took place on the A41 Black Country New Road in Wednesbury at about 10.30pm on Friday. The crash, which involved a black Jeep Cherokee and a black VW Golf, happened near the Patent Shaft roundabout.

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Two killed and three seriously injured in West Midlands car crash

Accident happened on Black Country New Road in Wednesbury on Friday night

Two men were killed and three people seriously injured when two cars crashed in the West Midlands.

Police have launched an investigation into the collision, which took place on the A41 Black Country New Road in Wednesbury at about 10.30pm on Friday. The crash, which involved a black Jeep Cherokee and a black VW Golf, happened near the Patent Shaft roundabout.

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Queensland fires: ‘firenado’ forms as Australia blazes continue – video

Aerial footage captured a 'firenado' forming on Saturday in the Bundamba suburb of Ipswich, Queensland, as a huge fire rapidly advanced across dry grassland, threatening homes. Queensland state authorities have issued an emergency warning as the east coast of Australia works to tackle more than 100 bushfires

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US citizen to be released from Iranian jail in prisoner swap

Chinese-born Xiyue Wang, sentenced to 10 years in prison, will be exchanged for Iranian scientist Masoud Soleimani

A Chinese-born American citizen sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran on spying charges will be released as part of a prisoner swap, Tehran’s foreign minister has announced.

Princeton graduate student Xiyue Wang, who has been imprisoned since 2016, will be exchanged for Masoud Soleimani, an Iranian scientist arrested at Chicago airport last year and convicted on charges of violating US trade sanctions.

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‘This is small talk purgatory’: what Tinder taught me about love

When I ended up single in a small town, I turned to a dating app. But finding someone fully and messily human was harder than I thought

I did not intend to be single in the rural village where I live. I’d moved there with my fiance after taking a good job at the local university. We’d bought a house with room enough for children. Then the wedding was off and I found myself single in a town where the non-student population is 1,236 people. I briefly considered flirting with the cute local bartender, the cute local mailman – then realised the foolishness of limiting my ability to do things such as get mail or get drunk in a town with only 1,235 other adults. For the first time in my life, I decided to date online.

The thing about talking to people on Tinder is that it is boring. I am an obnoxious kind of conversation snob and have a pathologically low threshold for small talk. I love people who fall into the category of Smart Sad People Flaunting Their Intelligence With Panache. I love Shakespeare’s fools and Elizabeth Bennet and Cyrano de Bergerac. I love Gilmore Girls and the West Wing and Rick And Morty. I want a conversation partner who travels through an abundance of interesting material at breakneck speed, shouting over their shoulder at me: Keep up. I want a conversation partner who assumes I am up for the challenge, who assumes the best of me.

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‘This is small talk purgatory’: what Tinder taught me about love

When I ended up single in a small town, I turned to a dating app. But finding someone fully and messily human was harder than I thought

I did not intend to be single in the rural village where I live. I’d moved there with my fiance after taking a good job at the local university. We’d bought a house with room enough for children. Then the wedding was off and I found myself single in a town where the non-student population is 1,236 people. I briefly considered flirting with the cute local bartender, the cute local mailman – then realised the foolishness of limiting my ability to do things such as get mail or get drunk in a town with only 1,235 other adults. For the first time in my life, I decided to date online.

The thing about talking to people on Tinder is that it is boring. I am an obnoxious kind of conversation snob and have a pathologically low threshold for small talk. I love people who fall into the category of Smart Sad People Flaunting Their Intelligence With Panache. I love Shakespeare’s fools and Elizabeth Bennet and Cyrano de Bergerac. I love Gilmore Girls and the West Wing and Rick And Morty. I want a conversation partner who travels through an abundance of interesting material at breakneck speed, shouting over their shoulder at me: Keep up. I want a conversation partner who assumes I am up for the challenge, who assumes the best of me.

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Liverpool’s Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar to be moved with venue not ready

• Education City Stadium opening postponed until early 2020
• Semi-finals and final will now be held at nearby Khalifa Stadium

Fifa has announced that Qatar’s Education City Stadium, the planned venue for Liverpool’s Club World Cup semi-final, will not host any matches in the tournament.

Liverpool’s semi-final, the final and third-place play-off have all been moved to the nearby 40,000-seat Khalifa International Stadium. The official opening of Education City has now been postponed until early 2020.

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People are ‘flushing toilets 10, 15 times’, says Trump in call for water regulation changes – video

Donald Trump said on Friday that he had directed the Environmental Protection Agency to look at opening up water standards. During a small business roundtable at the White House, Trump said water pressure was an issue, citing faucets and sinks, showers, and even toilets. ‘People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once. They end up using more water. So EPA is looking at that very strongly, at my suggestion,’ Trump said

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Christmas jumper day goes green to cut down on plastic waste

Save the Children urges people taking part in its charity event to source sweaters through clothes swaps and vintage shops

Save the Children is calling on people to hold clothes swaps and scour vintage shops rather than buy new Christmas jumpers, after research found that 95% of the novelty items for sale contained plastic.

The appeal for consumer “sustainability” comes ahead of the charity’s annual Christmas jumper day on Friday, when it encourages supporters to buy and wear festive pullovers. Research by the environmental charity Hubbub estimates that 12m jumpers will be bought this year, triggering huge amounts of plastic waste.

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